A broken leg might not seem like the sort of medical problem that could trigger the filing of a personal injury claim. Doctors set broken bones on a routine basis. Still, a lawyers understand what damages might accompany that medical condition. The lawyers’ awareness of such damages helps them to see the true value of a bone injury.
The 2 general types of bone injuries are a simple break or multiple fractures in one bone or in one body. The strong evidence of a bone injury is an X-ray image showing the break or the fractures. This would be produced in court, in order to highlight the value of the claimed damage.
Factors considered by a court that is trying to determine a fair value for the desired settlement.
What was the extent of the damage? How well did the broken body part function after it had healed? If a limb had to be removed, because it did not respond to efforts made by doctors, then that could increase the value of the settlement which has been filed by the personal injury lawyer in Lethbridge.
Did the plaintiff contribute to creation of the injury-causing accident? If the plaintiff were found partially responsible for the accident, then the court would seek to determine what percentage of the causative events had been created by the plaintiff. After determining that percentage, the court would deduct the same percentage from any amount of money awarded to the plaintiff.
How did the break affect the plaintiff? How did the plaintiff react to the restrictions on his or her life, as a result of the need to rely on certain equipment, such as crutches or a wheelchair? Sometimes the effect does not become apparent until after the injured party becomes free of the required equipment.
For instance, there was a case where a young boy suffered a bad break and had to spend 8 weeks in a wheelchair. After he was on his feet, he realized that he had gained a good deal of weight. He decided to get rid of that weight in a hurry.
That young boy chose to forego meals for a day. By that evening, his body revolted, and he fainted. Only then did he admit to his family what he had done.
The father decided to pay for sessions, where his son met with a specialist, someone that could get the young fellow to lose weight, while enjoying meals and other aspects of life. If that father had hired an attorney, he might have obtained compensation for the money spent on those special sessions.
The story could have ended differently, if the chubby fellow had lost hope of returning to his original weight. In that case, he might have tried to end his life.